Government is seeking to reposition the National Employment Bureau (NEB) as the main local employment agency.
Word of this has come from Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, who said that department was working to reestablish links with employers and secondary, post-secondary and tertiary education institutions in order to build a job skills database.
Speaking to reporters at a job fair hosted by her ministry and Canadian recruitment firm Diamond Global at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre recently, she said the database would provide a link between employers who may require a particular job skill or competency and persons who were seeking employment.
???We are looking to build capacity within the NEB so that employers looking to have jobs filled would think more readily of coming to the Bureau???We are also looking to step up our career counselling and establishing a better rapport with employers, so we can become the employment agency of choice,??? the Labour Minister explained.
The National Employment Bureau seeks to find decent employment for all Barbadians through the provision of job placement services both locally and overseas.
The department assists jobseekers in finding the right match in the job market while for employers, the NEB strives to reduce the hassle of finding the right person for any vacancy by drawing from a pool of registered job seekers.
They also facilitate the recruitment process, from advertising vacancies to arranging meetings with potential employees. Overseas employment opportunities are provided through government initiatives in Canada and the USA under organised employment programmes.
The NEB also offers guidance and counselling services to assist job seekers with planning their careers.